I’ll admit, the title is definitely misleading. This post clearly isn’t an ode, but rather an organized jumble of thoughts where I discuss my recent & definite love for tube tops in a chronological fashion. Without further ado, here it goes.
Whenever I think of this past summer, as silly as it sounds, I think of tube tops.
The first one I got was red & white striped. I ordered in online in June, right as I was leaving for Orange County—I figured I could always return it at the Brandy Melville store down in Newport Beach if it didn’t fit or I didn’t like it.
When it arrived at my house, I was surprised to see that I actually liked the top. Ironically, I also ordered floral shorts (of the same size) that I was sure would fit. (I own lots of other Brandy Melville shorts.) However, those shorts ended up being way too small, and this top fit perfectly. Another classic example of Brandy Melville’s inconsistency.
Later in the summer, I realized I wore my red & white tube top a lot, but evidently red & white don’t go with everything. I wanted a different top of the same fit that was more versatile so I could wear with a greater variety of clothing. Thus, in mid-July when I spotted a Brandy Melville white tube top at Nordstrom, I was sure to grab (and pay for) it.
Throughout the rest of the summer, I wore tube tops with high waisted shorts and flared skirts. If I ever got cold, I simply threw something over my shoulders, which often was an oversized knit sweater or light hoodie.
In August, I was back in California. My sister and I did [an obviously mandatory] stop at the Brandy Melville in San Francisco. It’s safe to say I got her hooked on tube tops, too. As she debated between which color & style to get, I encouraged her to “just get all of them” because I knew she’d wear them.
I bought a baby blue synched tube top that day; I still love it and wear it, even as autumn takes over the outside world. My sister ended up buying three tube tops that day, which I justify by saying as far as tube tops go, they were all very different! She got black, red, and white with different lengths, designs, and materials. There also isn’t a Brandy Melville store near either of us.
I love tube tops because they are comfortable, cute, and easy to mix & watch with manifold outfits. Easily can you dress them up or down, and I love experimenting with fun necklaces and bottoms to go with each one.
My mom always laughs when she sees me wearing one, as she tells me that’s what she wore as a teenager. She even had a red & white striped one! (Side note—another of piece of evidence that fashion trends are really just a cycle. This is in addition to my third grade flared jeans, which indicate the same conclusion, just as the high waisted bell bottoms of the Seventies do. Will we laugh at our skinny jeans one day?)
As we get deeper into fall, I know eventually I’ll have to put my ~beloved~ tube tops away for the winter. However, they’ll always remind me of summer 2017 and I’m sure more summers in the future. To me, tube tops symbolize sunshine and country music and all the beautiful things that make summer itself.